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Murray desperate

Posted 8:41 AM ET | Comments 9
Bob Murray has recently made comments saying that anybody is available for trade on the Ducks roster with the exception of Selanne and Koivu (both have NTC and are not expected to waive).

This hypothetically would mean that Getzlaf, Perry, and Ryan would all be available on the trade market.

Any potential move with those core players I perceive as a desperate attempt by Murray to save his own job. Those are the kind of players that other teams are desperate to acquire to help build their organizations, why would you trade any of them? Especially given their extremely friendly cap hits for what they bring. All extremely gifted in the skill, grit, and compete level departments with a positive track record.

The current season for the Ducks is lost. There is no way around that. No matter what extreme trades they make they are not going to make the playoffs. Any moves Murray makes to the core forward group at this point is not for the betterment of the Ducks franchise long term, but for his short term job status.

You can make the argument that tweaks to the Ducks roster are not enough at this point to get them back on track long term, you would be correct. Good thing the Ducks have about 19M in cap space opening up this off season if they choose to use it. That is more than enough to change the dynamic of the team. Their second line of Selanne, Koivu, and Blake is a combined 116 years old (Selanne is obviously not an issue). Use the cap space to get some younger players in the top 6 to compliment the RPG line.

Any trade involving somebody from their big 3 is going to be extremely tough to get equal value, let alone equal cap value back. Most players that are equal value to the caliber of player on the RPG line do not come with equal cap hits, the Ducks would be more than likely inheriting more cap hit back. I just don’t see how trading recent Gold/Silver medalists, and Stanley Cup champions, who are young and in their prime, helps you.

Another variable that the Ducks need to be sensitive to is player name recognition given their market. Selanne and Kariya are obviously at the top of the list for the Anaheim franchise, but after this year Selanne will most likely be gone. You are left with the RPG line that can carry that same kind of player/fan relationship that has been in place with somebody like Selanne/Kariya. Aside from the actual on ice product I think moving any of those players would be a mistake for off ice reasons.

Time to start thinking about canning the GM in Anaheim, not their young star players. Wait until July 1 and make the appropriate changes without losing major assets.
Filed Under:   Ducks   Anaheim   Getzlaf   Perry   Ryan  
January 5, 2012 8:59 AM ET | Delete
I do agree that I don't overly see a point in trading those players, as they are incredibly talented, and don't come around too often, but the ducks are missing depth, and a situation may play in their favour here
January 5, 2012 9:00 AM ET | Delete
If they traded someone like ryan for a strong 2nd line centre, a top 4 D and a good energy player, then ended up drafting someone like Nail or Grigorenko, it would accomplish 2 things. 1) they get the depth they need with a replacement for the first line
January 5, 2012 9:01 AM ET | Delete
and 2) They send a wake-up call to the other 2 they kept on the roster, as an incentive to step it up the following year. Not a bad situation if you ask me. But I assume Murray would only be trying to save his ass at this point, so hold onto those guys for now
January 5, 2012 9:03 AM ET | Delete
They have 19M in cap space in the off season to work on that depth. The players that are up on contract are Selanne, Blake, Koivu, Beauchemin, Hagman, Parros, Brookbank, Ellis, Pelley. Only Selanne and Pelley would hurt the Ducks if they left.
January 5, 2012 9:04 AM ET | Delete
I would not advocate trading Ryan but if they were to move somebody from that line, it should not be Getzlaf or Perry.
January 5, 2012 1:05 PM ET | Delete
I agree, but the problem with signing depth through the Free Agent market is that it normally comes at a very high price. Cheaper deals come through the resigning of players, and if they were to trade for them, they could be resigned to longer extensions before hitting the market.
January 5, 2012 1:06 PM ET | Delete
Like I said, I don;t believe moving them is necessarily the right move, but if they did, I could see that being the reasoning for doing so.
January 6, 2012 8:56 PM ET | Delete
Sounds like Calgary Might be desperate now too... After what just happened with that 9-0 some heads might just roll....
January 7, 2012 12:10 PM ET | Delete
Nothing against Iginla but I don't want the Penguins to be in on that. Does not make sense cap wise for the Penguins.
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